Daily Archives: September 3, 2010

I write a nasty book. And they want a girly cover on it | Lionel Shriver | Comment is free | The Guardian

When my novels are packaged as exclusively for women, I’m not only cut off from a vital portion of my audience but clearly labelled as an author the literary establishment is free to dismiss.

via I write a nasty book. And they want a girly cover on it | Lionel Shriver | Comment is free | The Guardian

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Aldiko On The New ViewSonic Android Tablet


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Chippy from Carrypad is at IFA molesting the new tablets being shown there.

He took at pic of the new ViewSonic Android tablet running Aldiko. He’s done a post with his initial thoughts about this tablet and another one with video.

The above photo is from his TwitPic and has been cropped, resized, and resampled. The original is ginormous.

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Smart Bitches, Trashy Books | Romance Novel Reviews | Sony Meetup: New Reader Roundup

Yes, after the litany of rather win-full improvements to the line of Sony Readers, I had to say… BUT. But I do not understand the price points, and am mystified as to whether these improvements are enough of a positive to (a) justify the price difference compared to other wireless devices already available and (b) justify to a curious digital reader the actual purchase of a Sony device.

via Smart Bitches, Trashy Books | Romance Novel Reviews | Come for the Dominican Bitches, Stay for the Man Titty | Sony Meetup: New Reader Roundup.

They helped run the Sony Meetup — on the same day everyone else was paying attention to Apple and Steve Jobs (ah, great timing there, Sony!).  There are pictures and videos there.  Go see.

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What Ayn Rand’s D’anconia Copper Is REALLY Like

Inside a toxic hellhole, Iron Mountain Mine

A company called Mountain Copper established a 4,400-acre mine in the 1890s and began to supply sulfuric acid to refineries in the Bay Area. It became the largest copper mine in California by the turn of the century, and a small city of laborers lived on the mountain. Twenty cavities the size of office buildings were drilled into the rock.

This fits the description of Ayn Rand’s D’anconia Copper from her book Atlas Shrugged to a T.

This is real life, not Rand’s psychotic fiction:

The Iron Mountain Mine, outside of Redding, is a hellish pit where acid water sloshes against your boots, greenish bacterial slime gurgles out of the walls, and stalactites and stalagmites of acid salt, copper and iron jut out like rusty daggers.

Rand had the same ignorant grasp of copper mining as she had of everything else: human psychology, politics, philosophy, art, and especially economics.

Unfortunately, the entire world is now experiencing the financial toxic run-off of her pimping of selfishness.

[Comments on this post are closed. I don't want to read the deranged feedback from Randroids.]

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Film vs. Digital

Film vs. Digital

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10 Things You Hadn’t Expected HTML/Javascript Would Do « I am Zef

10 Things You Hadn’t Expected HTML/Javascript Would Do « I am Zef

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Tor.com / Science fiction and fantasy / Blog posts / Out of Print For Decades, The Dune Encyclopedia Surfaces Online

Fans of Frank Herbert’s Dune series are in for a long, lost treat. A fully illustrated and searchable online version of the long out of print Dune Encyclopedia has surfaced.

via Tor.com / Science fiction and fantasy / Blog posts / Out of Print For Decades, The Dune Encyclopedia Surfaces Online

You can download a PDF of it.  Do it!

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Video: New Sony Readers Vs. Old

Sony New Zealand did a rather bizarre video (the director didn’t bother to level the camera in some shots — and watch for the cat in the background!) explaining the new models of Sony Reader.

The useful information is in these screensnaps:

– I like that comparison between the older version of the UI and the new one.

See the video after the break. Watch for the cat!!

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Ray Winstone: ‘I used to be a raving lunatic’ | Film | The Guardian

“Then another director, he was so rude all the time – he was molestering [sic] people, I thought – and I was with my little girl, and he started digging me up at a party. And I give it ‘im an’ all, he got it.” He grins, then shrugs philosophically. “But it’s all part of growing up I guess.” I wonder what his wife said. “Well, Elaine was with me. She said, have you finished now? She said we’d best go now. And she drove us home.” She sounds remarkably sanguine, I laugh. “Well, yeah, I guess she’s seen a bit.” He chuckles fondly. “Not any more, thank God.” So she wouldn’t have said, Ray, we’ve got to pay the rent – sort yourself out? “No,” he smiles with undisguised pride. “She’d usually join in.”

via Ray Winstone: ‘I used to be a raving lunatic’ | Film | The Guardian

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Liz De Jager » The eagle, she has landed

After mucking around with it a bit, skimming the quick start guide and checking out the kindle page on Amazon, I bought my first book.   Wolf Hall.  Yes, I have a big-ass real life copy on my bookshelf but let’s face it, carting it around, would mean using an extra bag.  Not gonna happen.  Voila – giant book in tiny Kindle.  No extra bag, no sore muscles and also, safe tourists as Wolf Hall is hefty enough to smack someone in the arm with it as they careen past you.

via Liz De Jager » The eagle, she has landed

Liz gets her first eBook device: a Kindle 3.

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